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Behind big nights from Abdul Janneh and Connor Jenkins, New Oxford defeated Central York in a game that could have an impact on the Division I title. York Dispatch

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Not even finding out its team bus wouldn't start after the game could dampen the mood of the New Oxford boys' basketball team after Tuesday night’s contest at Central York. 

The Colonials trailed after each of the first three quarters and headed into the final frame down by nine points. 

Down by four with just more than a minute left in the game, New Oxford got clutch shooting from a player they’ve come to count on this season. Junior Connor Jenkins followed a two-point shot with a clutch 3-pointer on a pass from senior Abdul Janneh to put his team up by one with 49 seconds remaining. 

“It kind of felt like a blur honestly,” Jenkins said. “When you’re in those moments, you just play. You don’t really think as much. If you think, you do stuff you usually don’t do. You just play and you hope for the best.”

Central York called a timeout with 7.1 seconds left down by two and tried to draw up another buzzer-beating shot, just like it did against Northeastern last week. The Panthers got a clean look at a 3-pointer, but it bounced off the rim and Janneh grabbed the rebound and secured a pivotal 69-66 victory for the Colonials.

That left York-Adams Division I in a three-way tie at the top at 8-2 among Central (14-3 overall), New Oxford (13-3) and Northeastern (13-4). 

Never gave up: Central pushed its lead to 14 at its highest, but New Oxford continued to battle and gave itself a chance to make a late run. Janneh said the team continued to stress the importance of making stops on defense because the Colonials believe that their offensive ability is unmatched.

“We think no one can guard me in the league, no one can guard any of us,” Janneh said. “We were just trying to clear it out, make a move and create (a shot for a teammate) or just go score and we kept doing that and that’s what worked.” 

Janneh and Jenkins were the Colonials’ only offense for most of the game. Jenkins led the team with 28 points and Janneh had 24. The pair were dominant from the foul line, combining to go 24 for 31. Overall, New Oxford shot 35 free throws, compared to 16 for Central.

Block out the noise: The foul disparity was an issue for the Panthers’ players, coaches and fans throughout the game. Central senior Evan Eisenhart and coach Kevin Schieler received technical fouls for arguing with the refs and the crowd routinely booed calls by the officials.

“You can’t let that get to you,” Janneh said. “If it gets to you, you’re going to start thinking about it too much. You gotta block all that outside noise out and that’s what I did. Especially those free throws. Free throws were big this game so, just block out that outside noise and get buckets.” 

Central built its early lead on a big first half by senior Gabe Guidinger, who led the Panthers with 17 points. 

Another big game: The win sets up another crucial contest for the Colonials on Wednesday night at Northeastern.

“It’s huge, it’s a huge confidence booster,” Janneh said. “Never won here before ever, so getting a win here, our mindset for the rest of this month is go 1-0 each day. We gotta go 1-0 tomorrow against Northeastern, another big one back-to-back. That doesn’t happen a lot, but we got another big one tomorrow, we gotta get that.” 

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Reach Rob Rose at rrose@yorkdispatch.com.

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